Sexual Minority Rights are Human Rights and the tolerance of the LGBTI/Q comunity in the gret lakes region is a far fetched thought especially in the Rural Community.
Advocacy of these rights requires much effort and strategy especially from the civil society.
It is in this line that Human Rights First Rwanda Association took part in a sensitization drive where Civil Society and Local Government institutions.
This was in a bid to lay down the fundamental Human Rights that are enshrined in the Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that are relative to Sexual Minority Rights regarded as Human Rights in general.
There was positive outcome from this workshop where the local administrators gave assurances of protecting these rights especially where aggrieved and further still providing support to victims of stigma and discrimination.
Celebrating International Day against Homophobia (IDAHO)
Globally the international Day against Homophobia is celebrated to commemorate the strive for equality of the LGBTI community and the attempts to put an end to Homophobia.
In Rwanda Human Rights First Rwanda Association took this opportunity to celebrate the day with members of the Sexual Minority Groups nationwide.
The day comprised prayer sessions dancing and singing and also speeches from invted guests and well-wishers alike.
Parents of members belonging to the community were also present to give testimonies of how ones orientation couldn’t force them to negate their children but rather support them in their day to day lives.
There was also a luncheon organized by the community for the attendees.
Research Based Advocacy for Sexual Minority Rights
By Mbabazi Busingye | Programs Manager
LGBTI Research Round Table Meeting
The LGBTI movement in Rwanda and the great lakes at large has moved to seek strategic partnerships and Human Rights Defenders as well as University lecturers and professors to create a sustainable platform for advocacy through research.
A round table meeting was conducted in order to prioritize the themes and topics of research.
The persons present at this round table meeting included LGBTI Activists, Human Rights Advocates, and University Law professors and scholars. These likeminded professionals are to conduct the research working with Justice Sector , The Health Sector , The Education Sector , The Private Sector on their knowledge and inclusion on sexual minorities into the mainstream.
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